Stamped Concrete

By Todd Fratzel on Driveways, Foundations

Stamped Concrete Surfaces

Stamped ConcreteRecently I had a reader ask me what my thoughts and experieces were with Stamped Concrete. Stamped Concrete is textured and/or colored concrete that resembles stone, cobbles, pavers, and other decorative pavement surfaces. The process of stamping concrete must be done at the time the concrete is placed while it’s still “soft” before it fully cures.

Uses For Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is extremely versatile and functional for a variety of uses. Stamped concrete is used for walkways, driveways, garden borders, landscaping features, patios, pool decks and even flooring in houses and commercial buildings.

Stamped Concrete Options

The beauty of stamped concrete is the flexibility in design and color. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of stamped concrete patterns to choose from. Patterns include: brick pavers, cobble stones, random stones, flagstones, and even numerous wood grains.

Once you’ve selected a texture or pattern you can also choose different colors. The concrete can first be tinted with a concrete pigment. You can also stain the concrete with a variety of colors. Basically you can color concrete most any color to fit the application.

I recently saw a commercial floor with wood plank patterns that was stained to looks like an old wide wood plank floor! This type of stamped concrete floor is becoming very popular for commercial buildings and even basements of new homes. This can be combined with radiant floor heat for a dramatic functional finished floor.

Stamped Concrete Performance

Stamped Concrete provides a long lasting durable pavement or flooring system. When properly cured and sealed stamped concrete can last for 50 years or more. Stamped concrete is much more durable than masonry walks, drives and flooring surfaces.

Cost of Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete costs vary widely depending on the complexity of the pattern and selection of colors. For a single pattern with a standard gray color you can expect to pay between $6 and $12 per square foot. More complicated patterns and mixed patterns with multiple colors can cost as much as $20 per square foot. Additional costs can be expected for sub-base preparation and access issues.

Stamped Concrete References

If you’re looking for more information on stamped concrete then check out: Bob Harris’ Guide to Stamped Concrete (Paperback) and Concrete Secrets Stamped Concrete (Stamped Concrete DVD).

Photo Credit: Pedro Guaro

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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